According to recent research Botox may be able to help with your weight loss efforts.
Apparently injecting the popular anti-wrinkle treatment into the stomach muscles slows down the rate that food travels through the stomach so therefore keeping you fuller for longer.
With growing obesity numbers growing (around a quarter of Britons are obese) this new research offers new hope for those who struggle with their weight.
What has research shown?
One of the latest studies performed at Trondheim University Hospital in Norway, involved an endoscope being inserted into a patients stomach through their mouth.
The Botox is then injected into the stomach wall with a needle that goes down the endoscope.
Researchers claim that this procedure will reduce the speed that food goes through the stomach by as much as 50%.
When similar research was performed on rats at the Catholic University in Rome, those rats who had this procedure lost 8.2% of their body weight and ate less than half as much as those rats who received a placebo.
Another study performed on rats involves injecting the vagus nerve in the stomach with Botox. It is this nerve that helps to send signals to your brain that you are full.
Results of this study revealed that the rats ate less, and lost between 20-30% of their body weight over a 5 week period.
Are there any doubts surrounding this research?
A study undertaken on humans at the American Gastroenterological Association had slightly less impressive results, as although their results also showed that Botox slowed the rate that the stomach emptied. It did not lead to any significant weight loss.
Perhaps it is better that until Botox has been thoroughly tested that you look for an alternative way to lose that excess weight.
Is there a better alternative?
Although weight loss surgery is a popular option it is not cheap (it is only available on the NHS if your BMI is over 40) and comes with various risks.
Therefore to lose weight effectively and keep it off then a healthy diet with regular exercise is the best choice.
Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables instead of the processed rubbish you would usually consume.
Also makes sure you eat plenty of lean protein (chicken or turkey for example) as this is slow to digest so will keep you fuller for longer.
Another benefit of protein is that it keeps your energy levels high so you will feel less inclined to snack.
Water is important for weight loss too, first because it has been shown to reduce cravings but can also help to flush out those toxins that prevent weight loss.
Finally, exercise is important for weight loss. Just working up a sweat 2-3 times a week for 30 minutes will go a long way to losing weight and becoming so much healthier.